Badungduppa refers to a Rabha musical instrument that has been integral to its art and culture for centuries. However, one would rarely find this instrument anymore, vanishing into oblivion from Rabha life. This is the fate of many an invaluable tradition and art form that are the soul of Rabha’s distinct socio-cultural life.
Badungduppa is symbolic of our efforts to revive, preserve and promote our Rabha cultural heritage in general and traditional theatre in particular. It is also an embodiment of our belief in the importance of Nature, a node star for our theatre.
Badungduppa (A Socio- Cultural Society), was establish in 1998 at Rampur village P.O.-Bardamal P.S. and Dist.-Goalpara, Assam and became a registered body in the year 2004 (Regd. No RS/Goal/251/B/08 of 2004-2005) under the Assam societies Registration Act XXI of with a firm objective of promoting, propagating, and preserving the cultural heritage in the country at large and promotion and enhancement of theatre movement in North East in particular.
The group has constructed and is maintaining a permanent workplace named Badungduppa Kalakendra in a remote village called Rampur in Goalpara district of Assam. The workplace contains of boys and girls dormitory, office, training ground, two guest houses and a small auditorium.
Over the years Badungduppa has been fortunate to receive widespread coverage in regional, national and international newspapers and magazines.